You're currently viewing:

Climate change

Divestment movement boosted by Rockefellers’ decision to divest from fossil fuels

Alliance magazine 24 September 2014

John D. Rockefeller built a vast fortune on oil. Now his heirs are abandoning fossil fuels. The family whose legendary wealth flowed from Standard Oil announced on Monday that its $860 million philanthropic organization, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, …


Stewarding wealth for the common good: how an Asian family office incorporated climate change mitigation into its portfolio

Alliance magazine 20 February 2014

‘From an Asian perspective, climate change is not a distant threat – it is happening today. I want to make sure that the way my capital is invested is part of the solution and not …


Just published: Jeremy Leggett calls on foundations to wake up to risk taking in the global energy system

Alliance magazine 20 November 2013

‘The long-awaited fifth IPCC scientific assessment of climate change poses society with big questions, once again, about how to handle high-consequence but slow-burning risks.’ So writes Jeremy Leggett, chair of Carbon Tracker and founder and …

Dealing with high carbon assets: time for foundations to up their game?

Julian Poulter 25 July 2013

Under almost any climate mitigation scenario, investors in high carbon assets will one day awake to find that their portfolio has been hit by a rapid repricing in carbon liabilities. The only issue is when. …

How women in rural India are adapting to a changing climate

Rucha Chitnis 21 June 2013

At a meeting with women farmers in the Sundarbans in West Bengal, India, they share how climate change is increasing women’s burden and responsibilities on farms and at home as men leave in search of …

Alliance magazine: An interview with Jeremy Leggett, chair of Carbon Tracker

Alliance magazine 2 May 2013

‘We need to replace these high-carbon fuels with renewable energy, and we need to do it fast, as though preparing for war. ’ Following the release of the second report from Carbon Tracker, Unburnable Carbon: Avoiding …

Supporting women, youth and indigenous people to turn global warming around: announcing the Next Generation Climate Board

Terry Odendahl and Global Greengrants Fund 13 December 2012

Trucks shovelling sand from main streets; children wading through the sludge that used to be their living rooms – as I took in the reports from friends and news media on Hurricane Sandy, I realized …

Collaboration: a leveraged way of investing in social change?

Tracy Mack Parker 13 November 2012

In mid-October, the Institute for Philanthropy brought together members of the current cohort of The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW) as well as TPW alumni to discuss with practitioners the opportunities and challenges facing collaboratives of all …

New World Bank president sits down with foundations

3 Penelope Lewis 5 October 2012

In the midst of a frenetic week of meetings, including bilaterals with heads of state, the Clinton Global Initiative and media interviews, the new World Bank president Jim Yong Kim stepped into the calm of …

Can grassroots organizations affect high-level negotiations? Reflections from Rio+20

1 Peter Kostishack 11 July 2012

A telling image of the events surrounding Rio+20 appeared on the front page of the Brazilian newspaper Globo on 19 June. It’s a photo taken outside the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES), its shiny steel …